What is coconut butter?
A Nutritious Whole Food
There is a misconception circulating around that this tasty and nutritious food is just coconut oil by another name.
What's your opinion?
Clearly this nut butter resembles the oil in many ways and offers some of the same healthful benefits. However, it’s a completely different food.
Here is another delectable treat made possible by one of mother nature’s best creations; the coconut!
Like all other coconut foods it has great flavor, tremendous versatility and it's rich in nutrients.
Nutritionally speaking, the butter and oil closely resemble each other. The major difference between them is that one is simply oil and the other is a whole food.
Coconut oil = 100% oil + fiber + antioxidants + vitamins + minerals
Coconut butter = 2/3 oil + protein + fiber + vitamins + minerals
There are many other examples like this.
For instance, take almond oil and almond butter. They both come from the almond but one is purely oil and the other is a spreadable food. Same for walnut oil and walnut butter or macadamia nut oil and macadamia nut butter etc.
Now for the similarities.
The striking similarity is that they both contain oil. Of course, coconut oil is 100% oil but the nut butter contains an abundance of it as well. (From this perspective it’s easy to understand how people think that coconut butter and coconut oil are the same thing. After all, the nut butter is 2/3 oil!)
Additionally, they both contain fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Homemade Coconut Butter
This whole food specialty is usually eaten raw.
This is because it’s made from raw coconuts.
However, it can also be roasted. (It’s hard to find the roasted kind in the states, but in countries like India its no problem).
Raw nut butters are only heated up to a maximum of 115 degrees which preserves vital enzymes, vitamins and proteins.
If you have never had the opportunity to enjoy this whole food and are interested in trying it, you can do one of several things:
If you buy it, we recommend organic nut butter over any other choice because organic means organic coconuts are used for processing. It also means the end product is free of chemical additives and preservatives.
The easiest way to use it is to eat it straight from the jar!
Other than that, here are some other ways we love to enjoy it:
Coconut oil has a high melting point which means that it’s consistency fluctuates according to environmental temperatures.
This nut butter reacts in a similar fashion because it contains a significant amount of oil.
You will notice that it becomes soft above 75 degrees F and solid below 75 degrees F.
Melted Over Sweet Potato - Yum!
Just as with the oil, coconut butter does not need refrigeration. It will keep fine at room temperature. Besides, the best way to enjoy this food is when it's smooth and creamy and melts in your mouth!